Patience of artists and authors by Leah Lubin

Patience of artists and authors by Leah Lubin

Patience of artists and authors by Leah Lubin. Enjoy this beautiful poem So You Ask Me to Be Patient by the American author and artist Leah Lubin.

Patience of artists and authors by Leah Lubin

Photo Collage by Leah Lubin


So You Ask Me To Be Patient

My friend Michelle and I talk nearly every day on the phone.

She lives in Sacramento and I now live in Santa Cruz.


Friends for many years from the Peninsula.

Her mother, a famous artist in Palo Alto, provided shelter and

a home for us both to gather.

Our childhood of growing up in Israel and England behind us.


Now, many years later, our lives go up and down.

Children growing up, and even grandchildren on the scene.

It sounds idyllic and simple but, it isn’t.

Neither of us are where we want to be.


Our work in common includes poetry, art, and dance.

Certain aspects completed, other parts waiting to be developed.

Alright, you say. But what else is going on?

Well, it’s in the heart. That’s where the problems are.


And here is where you have to understand it’s complicated.

But, for some reason, both of us are still searching for our true selves.

It’s out there and we know it, and we aren’t sure when and where or even how it will arrive.


So, after much complaining and grumbling about life in general,

Michelle, who I suspect is happier than me, says

“Be patient, it will happen”.

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is an author and artist. Born in Haifa, Israel in 1951, she moved to England when she was six years old. By the time she was 14, she knew that she wanted to be an artist, and at the age of 17, she enrolled in the Barnet College of Art, part of the London University system. She moved to the United States in 1979, and became an American citizen in 1986. Leah now makes her home in California.

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